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Misa Tango
Luis Enrique Bacalov, Astor Piazzolla, Myung-Whun Chung
Misa Tango
Genres: World Music, Pop, Classical
 
One day someone was bound to do it, but it could have been totally daft; praise be, this tango Mass is a total success. Conceived by composer Luis Bacalov, an Argentinean Jew who lives in Rome, it welds what might be consi...  more »

      
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One day someone was bound to do it, but it could have been totally daft; praise be, this tango Mass is a total success. Conceived by composer Luis Bacalov, an Argentinean Jew who lives in Rome, it welds what might be considered disparate elements--operatic solo voices and clubland instruments from Buenos Aires--into an entirely satisfying unity. Verdi is the first thought that comes to mind as the chorus begins the Kyrie, and the Gloria that follows it has strong echoes of Bernstein, hotly pursued--as a solo violin swings into tango rhythm--by Piazzolla. And it's appropriate that the last two tracks should be Bacalov's own arrangements of two Piazzolla classics, "Adios Nonino" and the immortal "Libertango." Bacalov himself officiates brilliantly at the piano; the tenor is none other than Plácido Domingo, in sweetly mellifluous voice. Myung-Whun Chung and the choir and orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia provide the musical foundations, on which Hector Ulises Passarella weaves gracefully angular patterns on his bandoneon. --Michael Church

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Great mass!
Athos G.Colon, MD | Lubbock, TX United States | 11/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great Mass work. It is good that Mr. Domingo and the people from Deutsche Grammophon recorded this work from Bacalov. Placido Domingo is great at always finding and recording new genders of music. I believe this is the first time this work is recorded. His recent recording of Albéniz "Merlin" (Decca London) is also a first. He is accompanied on both works by Ms.Ana Maria Martinez who in my oppinion has one of the best young voices today. She sings beautifully on both works. Her vocal range and musicality is one of the best my ears have listen to. I saw her live singing with Andrea Bocelli and she brought tears to my eyes. What a voice!! I will definetly buy more copies of Misa Tango to give to my friends this holiday season."
A work unlike any other in 1000 years of music history
conquistador69 | 10/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would like to
congratulate first of all
the composer, Mr. Bacalov;
soprano Martinez, Mr. Domingo
and Mr. Chung and his orchestra
for a job well done. This mass
in a tango style is like nothng else
ever written before. Is an uplifting
life affirming work, but yet full
of the nostalgia of tango. The work
is based on the Latin ordinary of the
Catholic mass(Even though Mr.Bacalov is
of Jewish faith)is written in Spanish.
The Gloria is marked as "Tempo di Milonga"
is a very nostalgic movement, yet full of
joyful parts. The credo is also a joyful section
which contains a very pronounced percussion
section. The other works can be are arregements
of works by Astor Piazzola arrenged by Mr. Bacalov
for full orchestra are very nostalgic and sensual
pieces. Mr.Pasarella, does a wonderful work on
the bandoneon(an accordion like instrument popular
in Argentinian tango).Thank you all one more time
for a work well done."